Anna Hazare earned the wrath of his secular team members like Mallika Sarabhai, activist Medha Patekar and the self proclaimed Swami Agnivesh, when he praised Narendra Modi for his governance, so much so that, he was forced later to hastily do some damage control and pick on Modi for so called ‘scams’ in Gujarat and prove his secular stand by removing the ‘Bharatmata’ backdrop from his stage.
Unfortunately neither this nor his effort to disassociate from the saffron clad ‘Hindu’ Baba Ramdev, could save him from the Congress allegation that he has the backing of the RSS and BJP, despite his best efforts to refute it.
He is learning the hard way that an assertive Hindu is a communal and antinational element in Hindusthan.
Now Anna and his secular team will have to really prove their secular credentials after the muslim leader calls for Muslims to desert Anna. It would be interesting to see how far along the Gandhian pathway will Team Anna walk to appease the Muslims now.
May be no more Vande Mataram or Bharat mata now …. only ISWAAR ALLAH TERE NAAM ……..
Aug 22, 2011, 05.12AM IST
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid has called upon Muslims to stay away from the Anna movement saying that Anna’s war cry – Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki jai that have almost become anthem at Ramlila Maidan – are against Islam.
“Islam does not condone the worship of the nation or land. It does not even condone worship of the mother who nurtures a child in her womb for nine months. How can Muslims then join his stir with a war cry that is against the basic tenets of their religion.